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Moving House Checklist: Things to do when you move home

Moving house checklist

Moving house can be stressful, in fact, 62% of people consider moving house the most stressful event in their life. We’ve put this checklist together this step-by-step guide to help take away the unknowns of moving house.

  • Book ample time off work either side of moving day.

  • Time to declutter: The more you get rid of now, the less you’ll need to take with you. Use charity shops, Facebook Marketplace and your local recycling centres to get rid stuff that’s no longer wanted.

  • Order some packing boxes – double-walled ones are sturdier – and start packing anything you can live without for the next few weeks.

  • Start looking for quote for house insurance. Make sure your new house will be covered by your home insurance policy from the day you move in.

  • Book your removals. You might not have a finalised date, but let us know a rough date for your move and then keep us updated.

  • If you’re renting, give your landlord notice of the moving day.

  • Find the best deals for gas and electricity on your new property. Make sure you get the right deal by using a comparison engine.

  • Make sure you let us know if we are likely to come across any narrow roads, low bridges, or other road blocks that would hinder progress.

  • Pack anything non-essential. Label each box clearly so you know which room it goes into. Make note of any boxes that are heavy or fragile.

  • Create a list of things you’ll need for the first night in your new home. Chances are these will be essentials, so there’s no sense packing them just yet.

  • Arrange to redirect your mail. Royal Mail can do this for you for a fee.

  • Update your address with whoever you pay bills to. This includes your TV licence, bank, credit card provider, and your insurance companies.

  • Register to pay council tax in your new area. You can search for your local council on GOV.UK.

  • Pack your essentials for the first night. A kettle and some mugs should be high up on the list.
  • Have a final walk around the house and triple check that everything is packed and nothing is left behind.
  • Get a good night’s sleep!
  • If you’re renting, collect the keys for your new property as soon as possible. If you’re buying a property, then you need to wait until the money has transferred up the chain until you can collect the keys. This can sometimes be later in the day – try not to panic or place undue pressure on your solicitor.

  • Make sure all windows are secure and the water, gas and electricity are switched off.

  • Take photos of the gas, electricity and water meters and record their readings. The last thing you want is to be overpaying before you’ve switched anything on!

  • Say a heartfelt goodbye to the old house!

  • Breathe.

  • Put the kettle on and give yourself a celebratory high five.

  • Introduce yourself to your new neighbours.

  • Celebrate with the first night takeaway.

What comes next?

The hard work is over, and you can start to unpack and enjoy your new home. Take a look at our checklist of things to do once you’ve moved.